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Novel Yeast-Assembly Technique Yields Living Materials
Researchers say structures made of the cells could potentially be used to clean up uranium from oceans, heal wounds, and more.
Novel Yeast-Assembly Technique Yields Living Materials
Novel Yeast-Assembly Technique Yields Living Materials

Researchers say structures made of the cells could potentially be used to clean up uranium from oceans, heal wounds, and more.

Researchers say structures made of the cells could potentially be used to clean up uranium from oceans, heal wounds, and more.

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Fungal Cold Adaptation Linked to Protein Structure Changes: Study
Patience Asanga | Sep 20, 2022 | 4 min read
Environmental pressure seems to spawn changes in the intrinsically disordered regions of enzymes in polar yeasts, allowing them to adapt to extreme cold.
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RNA Pioneer Christine Guthrie Dies at 77
Amanda Heidt | Sep 1, 2022 | 5 min read
Guthrie established foundational concepts in the field of pre-mRNA splicing during her career at the University of California, San Francisco.
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Engineered Yeast Robots Destroy Inflammatory Molecules in an IBD Mouse Model
Roni Dengler, PhD | 3 min read
Scientists added a gene circuit that senses and neutralizes proinflammatory ATP to yeast, taking another step towards precision medicine.
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Caught on Camera
The Scientist Staff | Aug 15, 2022 | 2 min read
See some of the coolest images recently featured by The Scientist
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Science Snapshot: Taming the Fungus Amongus
Lisa Winter | Jun 8, 2022 | 1 min read
Human mucus contains glycans that could one day treat harmful Candida albicans infections.
A micrograph of the prion-like state of a protein called Pus4
Protein Mediates Non-Genetic Inheritance of Growth Strategies
Catherine Offord | Jan 4, 2022 | 2 min read
An RNA-modifying enzyme passed to daughter cells during budding allows yeast cells to switch between faster- and slower-growing phenotypes.
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Our Favorite Neuroscience Stories of 2021
Chloe Tenn | Dec 29, 2021 | 4 min read
From a Nobel prize and photosynthesis-powered brains to neurodegeneration research and controversy over a new Alzheimer’s drug, a look back at some of the biggest brain-related developments of the year.
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Infographic: Modeling Neurodegenerative Diseases with Yeast
Mahlon Collins | Oct 1, 2021 | 3 min read
Conservation of structures and functions between single-celled fungi and human cells allow researchers to probe the brain.
Scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the unicellular yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, known as Baker's or Brewer's yeast.
Yeast Models Provide New Insights into Neurodegenerative Diseases
Mahlon Collins | Oct 1, 2021 | 10+ min read
The single-celled fungus allows researchers to study Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS and other brain diseases with unparalleled speed and scale.
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Accurate Protein Production Promotes Longevity
Ruth Williams | Sep 15, 2021 | 3 min read
Worms, flies, and yeast live longer if the fidelity of their protein-making machinery is improved, a study shows.
Illustration showing how yeast is used to study histone modifications
Infographic: A Yeast Model for Studying Histone Modifications
Amanda Heidt | Sep 1, 2021 | 1 min read
The methodology involves modifying histones and displaying them on the cell surface for analysis.
Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast, 3D illustration. Microscopic fungi, baker's or brewer's yeast, are used as probiotics to restore normal flora of intestine
Yeast “Mini Labs” Help Researchers Probe Histone Modifications
Amanda Heidt | Sep 1, 2021 | 3 min read
By harnessing a unique property of yeast, scientists can synthesize histones and the enzymes that modify these proteins, which spool DNA and influence gene expression.
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Threads Embedded in Pads and Tampons Can Diagnose Yeast Infection
Emma Yasinski | Jun 15, 2021 | 3 min read
The material turns bright pink when it comes in contact with an enzyme produced by the fungus Candida albicans.
Humans Domesticated Yeast Through Bread-Making: Study
Max Kozlov | Dec 11, 2020 | 4 min read
Over centuries of cultivating Saccharomyces cerevisiae to make dough, bakers have put selective pressure on the species, causing it to diverge into two distinct groups, according to the authors.
Scientists Clone SARS-CoV-2 Genome with Quick Yeast-Based Method
Ruth Williams | May 6, 2020 | 4 min read
The use of yeast artificial chromosomes has enabled the rapid genetic reconstruction of the novel coronavirus.
Image of the Day: Meiosis Researcher, Olympic Hopeful
Amy Schleunes | Feb 26, 2020 | 2 min read
Olivia Ballew, a graduate student at Indiana University, is currently writing her dissertation while preparing to compete in the upcoming Olympic marathon trials.
Image of the Day: Unusual Fungi Reproduction
Emily Makowski | Oct 30, 2019 | 2 min read
A variety of yeasts collected near Woods Hole, Massachusetts, show unconventional cell division.
Genetics Models Move Beyond Drosophila and the Humble Lab Mouse
Amber Dance | Sep 1, 2019 | 8 min read
Organisms with unusual genomes are helping scientists investigate gene regulation, evolution, and development.
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Image of the Day: Baked with Ancient Yeast
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 22, 2019 | 2 min read
Scientists extracted 4,500-year-old yeast from Egyptian pottery to use in breadmaking.
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